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Head & Neck Cancer Patient Stories

Scott Parker

Head & Neck Cancer

Scott Parker

Head & Neck Cancer

When Scott Parker was 45, he began losing his voice. He was soon diagnosed with laryngeal cancer by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Then he sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center because he knew of the Center's name and reputation. Scott had a long road ahead; he underwent radiation and had a laryngectomy, followed by reconstructive surgery, which was a success. He worked with Fox Chase's speech pathology department after surgery, which he now only needs on an as-needed basis. "I now come to Fox Chase for any medical needs I might have that they offer," Scott said. "If they offer it at Fox Chase, this is where I come. I’m so confident in the people here."

Larry Reddick

Head & Neck Cancer;  Sarcoma

Larry Reddick

Head & Neck Cancer;  Sarcoma

At the age of 74, Larry Reddick was growing more and more frustrated with the hoarseness of his voice. When he began losing weight for no reason, he decided to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist, but found this physician was not helpful. Larry then sought a second opinion from the Temple Head and Neck Institute, where he was diagnosed with grade 2 chondosarcoma, a rare cancer that would need surgery. He was referred to Dr. Christopher Fundakowski at Fox Chase Cancer, where he also was treated by Dr. Margaret von Mehren, a medical oncologist, and Dr. Neal S. Topham, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery; the surgery was a success. "Fox Chase is solely focused on cancer, and the staff is compassionate and professional," Larry said. "Fox Chase is the ultimate in quality care professionals, and I will always be extremely grateful to them. Today I am cancer free."

Charlie Osborne

Head & Neck Cancer

Charlie Osborne

Head & Neck Cancer

I quit smoking over 20 years ago because I noticed people getting annoyed with smokers — and was no longer allowed to smoke at work. I also knew it was a health hazard. By quitting the habit, I thought my chances of developing cancer had been diminished. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

In early 2005, at the age of 52, I experienced problems swallowing and had a blocked windpipe. I had trouble sleeping and began losing weight.

Stephen Meier

Head & Neck Cancer

Stephen Meier

Head & Neck Cancer

"I’m the kind of person who isn’t prone to panic. Panic just causes confusion. So, when what began as soreness on the right side of my throat turned out to be cancer, I remained calm and figured somebody can fix it."

Kevin Logan

Head & Neck Cancer

Kevin Logan

Head & Neck Cancer

In 2010, Kevin Logan noticed a lump on his neck which turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma on the base of his tongue. Upon the recommendation to seek treatment at Fox Chase Cancer, that's where Kevin and his wife, Devra, went even though it was a three-hour drive from their home in Maryland. Kevin underwent a successful treatment of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, and once he finished treatment, he returned to work full-time. "Many people who knew about my cancer often called to ask where I was treated, and I’m always telling them, 'Fox Chase is the place to go,' and I always will," he said.

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